Minutes 03.18.04

Minutes 03.18.04

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 03.18.04

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve Bargmann,  Robert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, Carl Creutz,  Donald Innes (Chair),  Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Watson,  Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Nnaemeka Anyadike, John Bell,  Maria Meussling,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. E-mails announcing the Mini-reviews were sent out March 16, 2004. 

    Greetings:

    The Curriculum Committee will be organizing a series of mini-reviews, a continuation of the work of the Foundations and Core Systems D&D Team, to help us complete an overview of the curriculum. This information will allow us to gain a more complete understanding of the current programs and help us plan for the future.

    In doing this we ask that you look to update what and how material is taught. Keep in mind that while there is a block of underlying basic knowledge this knowledge has a "limited" value or life span and our students will continue to learn after they leave our courses.

    Please consider needed adjustments and  tailored "nips and tucks" to your courses as well as issues of sequence, integration and overlap.

    Results of the meetings will be shared with the Curriculum Committee at the April 8th weeting.

    The underlined person is the chair of each group.

    Thank you.

    -Don Innes


    • Anatomy Team: Virginia Taylor, Reid Adams and Eve Bargmann *
       
    • Biochemistry and Medical & Molecular Genetics Team: Joel Hockensmith, Wendy Golden, Julie Turner, Bob Kadner, Eve Bargmann and Brian Wispelwey *
       
    • Fall CTS/Phys and the Spring Phys/CTS Team: Bob Bloodgood, Howard Kutchai, Eve Bargmann and Don Innes *
       
    • Neuroscience Team: Kevin Lee, Vern Juel, Bart Nathan, Bob Bloodgood, Virginia Taylor, Bill Hobbs and Beatrice Lopes *
       
    • Human Behavior Team #: Bob Bloodgood, Eve Bargmann, and Bill Hobbs*
       
    • Intro Psychiatric Medicine, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathology and PoM-2 Team: Bruce Cohen, Carl Creutz, Bob Kadner (Julie Turner), Don Innes and Brian Wispelwey (Darci Lieb), Vern Juel and Bill Wilson *
    • The Human Behavior Team has already met and accomplished their task.

    * Maria Meussling or designate
    Group leader and organizer underlined


  2. The discussion of the H&P exam as a continuum throughout the four academic years continued from the previous week. The students will ask for suggestions through the Mulholland Society and SMEC. It was felt by most that faculty time and compensation to their department for teaching are key issues that must be decided before real progress can be made on improving teaching. Chairs must support teaching and be accountable for ensuring that the teaching program of the School of Medicine as defined by the Curriculum Committee is carried out. For PoM-1 & 2 John, Eve and Brian should reconsider the H&P , especially the delivery of the component parts and a scheme to “put it all together with understanding”.For clerkships much discussion centered on the amount of “true” UME teaching time – 10-15 minutes at morning rounds specifically for UME; 1 hour approximately 4 days per week of cases/lecture; ~1/2 hour “some” days (when not used to finish rounds) and another estimated 0.5-1.0 hours of conference +/- attending and variable with service. This amounts to approximately 1 – 2 hours per day average teaching. Most of this is group teaching. Another major element impacting UME is the 80-hour resident workweek. Residents simply do not have the time to teach medical students as in the past. Faculty must be trained to teach standard H&P exam skills. This could be done through the ADE faculty development program (Would CME credit be available for such effort?). It is estimated that a core group of 35-50 trained faculty would be sufficient. Contracts and offer letters should specifically include teaching expectations and %-effort allocation.
  3. A draft of discussion points for consideration of the use of animals in UME was distributed and members asked e-mail their thoughts prior to discussion next week.
Donald J Innes

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